Some use the hat as a fashion accessory, while others wear hats to protect them from the sun. Whether classic top hat, bowler hat, straw hat or lavishly designed summer hat, hat fashion is definitely diverse and imaginative.
In addition to their importance as a fashion accessory, hats originally had a protective function that is still used today. The hat itself, especially the brim, should protect the wearer from sun, wind, rain and cold. Hats generally perform a variety of functions. she
- complement the personality of the wearer
- show the membership of a certain group or
- Give the hat wearer a special elegance on festive occasions.
The different types of hats are just as varied as the occasions when hats are worn. There are
and also belong to the various models. The materials they are made from are also very diverse. Felt is often used, as well as leather, silk in women’s hats or, quite simply, straw or raffia, as in the Panama hat. Women’s hats in particular are evolving and nowadays they play a bigger role than men’s hats at major occasions and social occasions.
History and dissemination
The story of hats begins several thousand years ago. Priests in various religions often wore hat-like headgear to indicate that they belonged to the priesthood. One event associated with hats around the world is the Ascot horse race in England, where one can often see the most famous hat wearer of the day: Queen Elizabeth II of England.